Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that capacity, she was named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as “one of the top 25 speakers in the world.”
When her son, Michael, got his driver’s license, Joanna was freed from carpool duty and finally able to pursue her dream of writing full time. She has since written eighteen books, eleven non-fiction and seven fiction.
On August 7, Joanna’s newest series—The Jane Eyre Chronicles— begins with Death of a Schoolgirl and features Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth.
Last Sunday, we announced a contest featuring Joanna Campbell Slan’s newest book Death of a Schoolgirl. This is the first mystery in The Jane Eyre Chronicles, which picks up where Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre ended. Yes, Dear Reader, you might win a signed copy of this new book as well as a stylish tee shirt (pictured). Here are the rules:
- Each Sunday on this blog, we will ask you a question about the original Jane Eyre. If you haven’t read it, it’s available for free through Google books. If that’s too much trouble, you can find the answer to the Sunday question each Monday on Joanna’s author Facebook page (http://www.tinyurl.com/JCSlan)
- All four of your answers are due on Monday, August 27. Send ALL FOUR answers to Joanna in an email at JoannaSlan@aol.com
- You must put JANE EYRE in the subject line.
- You must share your name and POSTAL address along with your answers.
- Joanna will use a random number generator to choose a winner.
- The drawing is open to readers in the continental US.
Are you ready?
After Jane is sent to the girls’ school, she makes friends with another student, who comes from a place near Scotland. This child refuses to be diminished by the cruel treatment of their teachers. In fact, she tells Jane, “Why, then, should we ever sink so overwhelmed with distress when life is soon over?” Sadly, the girl later dies of consumption.
QUESTION #2: What is the name of Jane’s dear friend who dies?